The park's museum collection represents both the cultural and natural resources of Liberty and Ellis Islands. All the items in the museum collection are documented in the computerized database of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior Collection Management System (ICMS). The guidelines that are used to determine the decision to accept an item to the museum collection are outlined in the park's Scope of Collections Statement and generally follow the categories below:
Did You Know?
Although most immigrants processed at Ellis Island stayed between three and five hours, about 20% stayed overnight in dormitory rooms until their cases could be cleared. Many immigrants found these accommodations a big improvement over the severe conditions of traveling to America in "steerage".